Vasiliki Papoutsi

Doctoral Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Arts and health research , Fine art , Fashion design

Courses taught: Art and Design

Vasiliki is a fine arts and textile design artist, and an art psychotherapist working for the NHS.

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Since September 2015, Vasiliki has been a PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University supervised by Dr Wendy Moody (Course Leader, Fashion Design) and Dr Hilary Bungay (Course Leader, MSc Advanced Practice).

She has been a practising and qualified art therapist since 2007, combining her own art work with patient work. She also practises yin yoga and is following a vegan lifestyle.

Vasiliki's current PhD research explores the use of textile arts and design in creating works of art influenced by the properties of the connective tissue and movement of the human body. The aim is to create artworks and installations inspired by the processes involved in damage/injury, morphogenesis/wound repair and bodily movement. She is also investigating how the findings from this research could be used to develop new practice as well as the use of new materials and methods, and the impact of these on an audience.

Research interests

  • Arts health and well-being
  • The human body and movement
  • Textiles, methods and properties
  • Embroidery
  • Wounds, trauma and healing
  • The human fascia
  • Acupuncture and the meridians
  • magnetism
  • Tensegrity
  • Biomimicry


  • QTS – Art and Design Teacher (2011)
  • MA in Art Therapy, New York University, New York (2007)
  • BA(Hons) in Fine Arts/Art Education, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece (2004)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
  • British Association for Council and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Anglia Ruskin University, ALSS Tuition Studentship
  • Fulbright Scholar (2005-07)
  • Bacala Brothers Foundation scholarship (2005-07)
  • Steinhardt, Dept. of Art and Art Professions scholarship (2005-07)
  • Exchange ERASMUS scholar at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts Visuels de la Cámbre in Brussels, Belgium. Supervised by Prof. Guy Bauclair (head of the Sculpture Department), member of the “Espace Urbains et Ruraux” lead by prof. Balau Raymond (2002).
  • "Irakleiotes with Talent”, Municipal of N.Irakleio and awarded the 1st Prize (1996).

Selected recent publications

Papoutsi, V. November 2007. The use of art psychotherapy in trauma work: Case study of an adolescent girl. Poster presented at the 24th Annual ISSTD Conference.

Recent presentations and conferences

2007. Presenter, 24th Annual Conference of ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation), Philadelphia, US.

2005. Facilitator, 'Art Therapy in Schools' workshop, 25th Annual All Day Art Education ConferenceArt Works ’05, NYCATA/UFT at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts.

2005. Volunteer, Art Therapy with Children Symposium, Silver Centre for Arts and Science, New York University (a tribute to Professor Edith Kramer).

1998. Participant, 1st European Symposium of Artists, Pylos (curated by Professor Herbert Fritsch).


2012. Group Art exhibition at the Cavell Centre Gallery, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

2006. Art therapy exhibition at the New York University.

2005. "The story of the animated picture", Athens School of Fine Arts "Ergostasio".

2005. Athens School of Fine Arts 2004 Graduates at the "Ergostasio" gallery.

2002. Environnement-Créations-75ans-École Ouvert 21-22-23 Mars, Brussels.

May 1998. Artist in Residence at the International Fine Arts workshop: "On the tracks of our Cultural Progenitors", Pylos,Greece. Coordinated by Prof. Herbert Fritsch.